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Is it possible for the presence of God to be “distracting”?

February 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mystical Experience, Prayer, PseudoSpirituality

Dear Father John, What do you do when the presence of God (I think that is what it is) is distracting? I have to continually reorient myself toward duties at hand. If He wants me to do X, Y or Z (as I believe He does), why does He make Himself so distracting throughout my work, so that simple things become laborious? This manifests internally – in the world it seems as if everyone thinks I'm just peachy in terms of meeting... Read More

How Can I Learn to Pray More?

February 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mental Prayer, Prayer

How Can I Learn to Pray More?   Dear Father John, I am a young teenage Catholic currently discerning a vocation to the consecrated life as a nun or sister. Lately, I've been feeling a very strong urge to pray a lot and go to Mass every day and Adoration whenever possible. I want to pray more and more but I am not exactly sure how I should go about doing it, or what I should pray. I love to say the rosary, but I would like... Read More

What does it really mean to give your life to Christ and trust God? (II of II)

February 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Faith, Fr. Bartunek, God's Will

Dear Father John, I have been grappling a lot lately with spiritual progress, and I think what it boils down to is trust. The whole idea of believing God is with me throughout my day, and even more so, the idea (or need) to turn everything over to Him… But what does that actually look like? How do you get there? I still have to go through the steps/tasks of life as a wife, mother, and other things… What exactly does... Read More

Struggling with idea of practicing the presence of God: What to do?

February 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Practicing Presence, Prayer

Presence of God: Struggling with the Idea of Practicing it:  What should be done? Dear Father John, I have had a pretty regular prayer life for a few years, and have been going to confession regularly as well, and receiving Communion frequently. In my spiritual reading, though, I keep coming across the idea of “practicing the presence of God.” This means staying aware of Jesus throughout the day’s activities, right? Well,... Read More

Carmelite or Opus Dei… where should I go?

February 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Discernment

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Dear Fr. Edward, I have been considering becoming a third order Carmelite for some time and have taken some initial steps with them in that direction. However, I am in a weekly study that is very powerful to me. It is led by an Opus Dei woman. After hearing what she has to say, and watching her life, I am finding myself drawn to Opus. How do I discern which direction to take? Am I just being fickle and should I stay with the Carmelites,... Read More

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